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Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

There’s something about starting brand new, having a clean slate, getting a second chance – especially if you’ve totally messed up before! It seems like every January 1, people are anxious to start eating better, exercising more, being on time, reading their Bible, spending more time with family, or a thousand other good intentions. But, it doesn’t take long before those resolutions are laid aside for those annoying old habits that drove us to try and change!

I’m reminded of an illustration my father-in-law used on several occasions with young Christians about a conversation between a seasoned saint and a man who had just accepted Christ. The new believer fretted, thinking there was no way he could go as many years as the old Christian without sinning. He asked, “How will I ever be able to make it that many years? Surely I will fall before I’ve been saved as long as you.” The old man said, “Do you believe you could go a year without sinning?” When the young man was skeptical, he said, “What about a month?” While that seemed slightly more attainable, the young man still wasn’t sure. “Do you believe you could go a day without sinning?” the old man asked. This was closer to possible, the young man thought, and the old man continued, “What about an hour? Or, could you make it one minute?” And then the young man realized what the older man was trying to say. The old saint had served the Lord faithfully by starting fresh as often as he needed to.

Have you already failed in your attempt to become a better person this year? Don’t wait until January 1 of next year to start over! Lamentations 3:22-23 lets us know that the Lord will renew us any day, every day: It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. As often as you find yourself in need of His mercy – even every minute of the day! – You will find Him faithful! I pray you have resolved to be a better Christian this year - right now!

Pastor JJ Stevens

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